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    A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve where members of the family, near and far away, get together for the celebration. The venue will usually be in or near the home of the most senior member of the family. The New Year's Eve dinner is very sumptuous and traditionally includes chicken and fish. In some areas, fish (simplified Chinese:鱼; traditional Chinese:魚; pinyin: yú) is included, but not eaten completely (and the remainder is stored overnight), as the Chinese phrase "may there be surpluses every year" (simplified Chinese:年年有余; traditional Chinese:年年有餘; pinyin: nián nián yǒu yú) sounds the same as "may there be fish every year."

    In mainland China, many families will banter whilst watching the CCTV New Year's Gala in the hours before midnight.

    Red packets for the immediate family are sometimes distributed during the reunion dinner. These packets often contain money in certain numbers that reflect good luck and honorability. Several foods are consumed to usher in wealth, happiness, and good fortune. Several of the Chinese food names are homophones for words that also mean good things.

    Fish

    Is usually eaten or merely displayed on the eve of Chinese New Year. The pronunciation of fish (魚yú) makes it a homophone for "surpluses"(餘yú).

    jiao zi (dumplings) (Chinese:餃子)

    Eaten traditionally in northern China because the preparation is similar to packaging luck inside the dumpling, which is later eaten.

    Melon seed/Kwatji (Chinese:瓜子)

    Other variations include sunflower, pumpkin and other seeds

    Nian gao (Chinese:年糕)

    Most popular in eastern China (Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai) because its pronunciation is a homophone for "a more prosperous year (年高lit. year high)". Nian gao is also popular in the Philippines because of its large Chinese population and is known as "tikoy" (Chinese:甜粿, from Min Nan) there. Known as Chinese New Year pudding, nian gao is made up of glutinous rice flour, wheat starch, salt, water, and sugar. The colour of the sugar used determines the colour of the pudding (white or brown).

    Noodles

    Families may serve uncut noodles, which represent longevity and long life, though this practice is not limited to the new year.

    sweet/candy

    Author:    Source: xinhua     Editor: Yang Fan

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